We West African’s love snacks, and i am no exception. Hands down! My all time favorite snack. And honestly, I can never have it around the house for too long. I can eat a bag full of it without ever realizing I have gone overboard. So whenever I make them. I quickly get them out of my house- sometimes.


  • 3½ cups (440 grams) all-Purpose flour plus more for dusting and rolling.
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup /4 oz. /125grams /(8 tablespoons) butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • ⅓ cup grated onion
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk plus more about 2 tablespoons
  • 2-tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • Oil, for frying




  1. Using a mixer or by hand mix the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, nutmeg and white pepper
  2. Add the butter to the flour and mix well until the butter is well incorporated with the flour.
  3. Add minced garlic, onions, milk and egg into the mixture. Keep mixing until you have formed a sticky dough ball
  4. Dump the dough ball onto a floured surface and knead, incorporating more flour into the dough as needed, until the dough is smooth, elastic, and even in color and no longer sticky. Chin-chin can be cut into many shapes and sizes
  5. Divide dough in half. On a floured board roll each half about ⅙ inches thick. Just like linguine or fettuccine. You can make it easy by using a pasta machine if you have one available. Make shapes as desired.
  6. Add oil (about 3 inches deep) to a heated skillet/sauce pan or my all time favorite Dutch oven that is over medium heat and bring it to 350 degrees.
  7. Fry in hot oil until golden. Remove from oil, drain, and serve. You can store this in an airtight container for up to a month.